SAT Subject Biology Practice Question 95: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 95

5. The coyote, Canis latrans, belongs to each of the taxonomic groups in the answer choices below. Which group's members are most closely related to each other?

A. Order Carnivora
B. Class Mammalia
C. Subfamily Vertebrata
D. Family Canidae
E. Phylum Chordata

Correct Answer: D


The taxonomic hierarchy moves from most general groupings to most specific as follows: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. The group with the fewest number of species listed in the answer choices is the family Canidae.

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